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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1976-06-11

Topics Live concert

Might As Well, Mama Tried, Tennessee Jed, Cassidy, Candyman, Big River, Scarlet Begonias-> Looks Like Rain, It Must Have Been The Roses, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Brown Eyed Women, Promised Land Saint Stephen-> Dancin' In The Streets-> The Music Never Stopped, Ship of Fools, Samson & Delilah, Sugaree, Sugar Magnolia-> Eyes Of The World-> Stella Blue-> Sunshine Daydream, E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date June 11, 1976
Venue Boston Music Hall
Location Boston, MA

Source Soundboard
Lineage MR>DAT>DAT Clone @ 44.1 kHz (Tascam DA20)>SBLive Platinum SPDIF In>WAV Edit (Sound Forge)>SHN (mkw audio compression tool)>CDR (HP 8200)
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MR>DAT>DAT Clone @ 44.1 kHz (Tascam DA20)>SBLive Platinum SPDIF In>WAV Edit (Sound Forge)>SHN (mkw audio compression tool)>CDR (HP 8200); via GDLive [Note: An sbe-fixed-by-set version also circulates]


Reviewer: mattiblue - - June 11, 2013
Subject: enjoy dreamtime
great show for song - & Donna - lovers ,
a rainbow full of sounds over 23 themes , read the other " 5 star " reviewers , please .
Thanks so much for the " Concerts on this Day in History " , and to all the providers and all the Dead - Heads past and present for these precious moments
Reviewer: Nedhead3 - - June 9, 2010
Subject: Help downloading??
Great night was awesome as well. I'm kinda new to archive and last time I tried to download a show I just ended up getting the stremline format and couldn't upload it onto my MP3 player. I swear I'm not that computer do I download whole shows and/or individual songs!?
Reviewer: Loaf Loofler - - June 12, 2009
Subject: A Singular Moment in the Band's Life
Well shit, it's just all here, ain't it? Fresh. Ingenious. Bad Ass. And sometimes tight. I love this tour. Such an interesting moment for the Grateful Dead as they climbed back on the pony -- well, in their case the stallion.
Reviewer: scum beat - - November 14, 2008
Subject: Wowow
this show is amazingly good. I just started with St Stephen. My favorite so far, very mellow at first but they stick with it all the way through and back again. Dancin' is a perfect blend of command and lossness. Sugaree is so sweet. Each and every one of the band is THERE. That's as far as I've gotten so far. Loving it all the way.
Reviewer: cosmos_86 - - April 21, 2008
Subject: solis show
I have always loved this show...watched dso play it 2 nights ago at the oriental in denver. solid show. a must have.
Reviewer: adam_gaydosh - - August 10, 2007
Subject: lovin it
this is a great show, love the songs and the sound is spot on. Really dig garcia's stripped down solos in the first set...sugaree is just smoking, and it only gets better from there. Donna gets a little yelping though, or I'd give it 5.
Reviewer: Sixtus - - November 3, 2005
Subject: Five Plus
After thousands of hours of Grateful Dead passing through my brain, from every era and every song arrangement and every band member composition, this has always been a sincere, personal favorite performance. I can honestly say that at no other time in their history did the Dead ever sound like the way they sounded during this Boston Music Hall run. Their first full blown tour after regrouping in '75, these Boston Music Hall shows illustrate a certain innocence to the music. You can really feel the loosely knit arrangements in many of the songs as they've once again incorporated Mickey into the lineup. The grooves are so incredibly fluid and drippy, and the realization that they aren't completely tight & straight as an arrow illustrate the adolescence of the song arrangements. And that is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it is this very attribute which makes this show so immense and gratifying. Every one of the great songs started somewhere, it had an adolescence before it hit it's peak. Several song performances in this particular show foreshadow the otherworldlyness that this band was able to achieve in the following year, 1977. Some of the best versions of songs ever played, in my opinion, are found here on this evening.

The Scarlet is rockin' and it's at this point the show begins to launch. It truly kicks in as we round the corner to St. Stephen. Here's a song that went away for several years, only to be brought back, slightly rearranged and slowed down. The intro here exemplifies this - Jerry only plays the notes he has to, sporadic yet meaningful and defining. The jam that follows drips and sways and makes you wonder where they are going, only to bring it back home to the refrain. 'Stephen jumps right into one of the finest Dancin's of '76. It feels tight but loose at the same time, if that's even possible. Jerry makes some jaw dropping runs during the jam and seems to never if rarely stop for a breath or pause. Dancin' straight into Music, albeit a very early Music with an abbreviated jam at the end, but this is where it all began for this song folks, it has a special feel to it. Samson during this time period is a gem of a song. Very notably still in adolescence, Jerry's signature lines that define Samson in the later years have not yet to come to pass, and he finds himself hurling runs up and down at the listener while Mickey and Billy weave in and out of each others beats like in tapestry.

The true highlight for me however is the Sugar Mag -> Eyes. They may be my favorite versions ever of these songs. Sugar Mag jams happily & intensly, and nearly keels over it's moving at such a thunderous pace....and then just falls into Eyes of the World. The band layers the intro for a good 6 minutes before the first verse, and the far reaches of space almost appear in a few instances only to be pulled back by Phil's mad bassline. You can tell by the end of Eyes they are as 'on' as on can be, as the song crescendos into one last high point augmented by Keith's piano to lay the energy to rest into a lovely Stella Blue. Capping the second set off with the Sunshine Daydream bookmark seals the deal.

Many people seem to frown on '76 because it's not '77. The rationale that '77 is truly a wonderful year is justified, but realize the playing from '77 had to be born somewhere. It began in earnest during this run, and certainly this show exemplifies the best the Dead ever had to offer.
Reviewer: BostonIndica - - November 1, 2005
Subject: might as well give it 5 stars.....
channels switched? so wait, that's why it's a 4 star show? Ohhh, gotcha. So yea, anyways...

great show.
great sound.
yet another reason why i love '76.
oh yea, boston rules too

Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - - October 30, 2005
Subject: Phil's bass runs in the Scarlet Begonias
In case you did not notice- the runs that Phil is playing at the beginning of Scarlet here are the same one's he would play later at Cornell in the ensuiing year that every one raves about- it is a just a bit lower in the mix here-This does seem to have been a practice run for the great 77 Sprin tour
Reviewer: jimkrum - - September 18, 2005
Subject: great show
what a beautiful sounding sweet sweet show! you will not be dissapointed to download this one right now.
Reviewer: VA slim - - August 24, 2005
Subject: emotional best.
just gotta drop my first five star review where i think it is deserved most...
this was my 1st bootleg, back 15 yrs ago, and its still my favorite.

sound here is good.

get it now!
what a beautiful piece of existence.
sorry if i'm biased.
weird how you never forget that 1st tape.
Reviewer: philfan61 - - August 2, 2005
Subject: Thanks for the huge upgrade
One of my favorite old wobbly. chipmunky, multi gen cassettes...thrilled with the replacement...thanks!
Reviewer: jbenash7 - - March 17, 2005
Subject: 76 groove
Killer setlist + laid-back '76 groove = top-notch show. Pay particular attention to Phil--listen to the sick descending bass line he lays down at 1:15 into Samson, which will bring a smile to your face every time he repeats it.
Reviewer: A.J.K. - - January 28, 2005
Subject: channels are switched
The channels are switched, I first noticed it when I heard Mickey cowbell coming out of the left headphone... then I realized, the piano is on the left, Jerry is on the right, etc.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - December 25, 2004
Subject: Nice Surprise
The scarlet is ripping but the back end of this is really powerful from sugaree>sugar mag>eyes>sunshine daydream (cool)... really well played. Sound quality is 5. Dancin is one of the best ever...
Reviewer: Jeffrey-O - - December 15, 2004
Subject: Sound of the 70's
Love this show & the Sound is incredible. It has to be a 'Betty Board'!!
Reviewer: DeadDave50 - - September 16, 2004
Subject: Took a chance
I saw no reviews and thought sound quality must be bad.But i was pleased that it was better than i expected.LL was funky and tight and sounded good.I have been going month by month and making files of songs from various shows,and i was able to add several songs from this show to my BMH June 9-12 file. Take a listen..some good sounds here
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